Questions and answers

If you hold a residence permit granted on the grounds of asylum and travel to your home country – the country where you risk being persecuted – your residence permit may be revoked.

If you do not have a permanent residence permit and you go on vacation or another short stay in your home country, the Immigration Service can revoke your residence permit or deny an extension. This is the case no matter how long time you have had a temporary residence permit in Denmark.

If you hold a permanent residence permit as a refugee and you travel to your home country, the residence permit may be revoked until tenin up to 10 years after the date where you were granted your initial residence permit. In other words, ten years must pass between the date on which the first residence permit as a refugee was granted, and the date on which you enter your home country.

If you voluntarily travel to your home country before ten 10 years have passed, since you were granted your first residence permit as a refugee, the Immigration Service will find it is likely that you no longer risk persecution in your home country. If you do not disconfirm this assumption, the residence permit will normally be revoked.

By your ‘home country’ we mean the country were you risk persecution.


When you are a refugee holding a residence permit granted in accordance with Aliens Act section 7 or section 8, it will be stated in your travel document (convention passport) or aliens passport that the passport is invalid for travel to the country or countries where you  risk persecution (travel restriction).

This means that you cannot use the passport for travelling to your home country.

If you, despite this, wish to travel to your home country you can apply to have the travel restriction in your passport or travel document revoked.

In order to apply for a revocation of the travel restriction you need to fill in the application form below. The application form includes detailed instructions for how to fill it in. It also clearly states which types of documentation you need to enclose.

Download application form (in Danish only)

Even though you have applied to have the travel restriction revoked before you travel to your home country, you will be called in for an interview when you return to Denmark.

By your ‘home country’ we mean the country were you risk persecution.

If you give up your address in Denmark due to repatriation, i.e. a voluntary, permanent return to your home country, your residence permit will normally lapse.

You have the right to regret your decision about returning to your home country. If you regret your decision within 12 months, from when you leave Denmark, your residence permit will not lapse.